Intensive Outpatient Programs

Let us help you create the best version of yourself possible. Our goal is to ensure your safety and comfort while building a trusting and collaborative alliance. Your voice will always play an active role in your treatment plan. In addition to integrating the most current research into our practice methods, we are committed to helping you reach your goals.

people in a group therapy intensive outpatient program supporting each other

Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) at Transitions Counseling offers a focused course of treatment that leads to rapid mental health recovery. In terms of hours of therapy, attending an IOP is similar to 1 year’s worth of hours of individual therapy. It’s meant to help speed recovery when you can’t wait a year to start feeling better.

Accredited and Committed to Quality

Transitions Counseling is one of the few outpatient mental health clinics in Arizona to undergo a voluntary and rigorous accreditation process with The Joint Commission. This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to the highest standards of client safety and clinical quality.

Program Schedule

IOPs typically involve 3 hours of therapy per day, 3 days per week, usually for a total of 12 weeks, but can be extended if necessary. Attending each group session is important because increased attendance in IOPs has been correlated with improvements in mental health symptoms, quality of life, and community functioning.

What do you learn at an intensive outpatient program?

These programs help people learn skills to manage their mental health symptoms, develop healthy coping mechanisms, and improve their overall functioning. By using a group setting, IOPs also provide support and accountability that can help people stay on track with their treatment goals.

Focuses on CBT & DBT

The twelve week program focuses on the principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), includes group therapy sessions, and offers a parent group that teaches support strategies. During the program, individual counseling sessions may also be recommended. DBT is a structured treatment that focuses on teaching individuals skills to effectively manage their emotions and behaviors, cope with stress, and improve relationships with others. DBT has been shown to be effective at reducing suicide attempts and self-harming behavior, while improving depression and anxiety.

Includes Group Therapy

Group therapy sessions take place three times per week for a total of about twelve weeks. Despite the fact that most people naturally feel nervous about the prospect of group-based treatments, most people find that they actually prefer groups after trying them out. For more information, see our group therapy page. 

Offers a Weekly Group for Parents

We offer a weekly group for parents so that they can also learn the skills being introduced in treatment to help support their child in practicing these skills outside formal appointments. Our weekly parent group is also an opportunity for parents to receive support themselves during this process. 

Our Intensive Outpatient Programs

At Transitions Counseling, we offer intensive outpatient programs for different stages of life across our locations and via telehealth. Groups include:

  • Pre-Adolescent (ages 10-13) 
  • Adolescent (ages 14-17)
  • College Age/Early Career Adults
  • Mid-Career Adults
  • Late-Career/Post-Career Adults

IOPs can be an effective treatment option for many people struggling with mental health issues. These programs can help people to learn how to manage their symptoms and live healthier, happier lives. If you or someone you love is in the middle of a mental health crisis, contact our team at Transitions Counseling today for more information on how our intensive outpatient programs can help you.

How We Can Help You

We tailor treatment to fit your unique needs. Our team offers the full continuum of outpatient therapy services for the whole family. This means you can work with the same team as your treatment needs change over time.